Thursday night I had the honor of sitting with 250
or so other quilting enthusiasts
(mainly ladies but a few gentlemen were there too)
at the Quilters Guild of South Australia, Burnside SA.
There to watch a trunk show with Sharon Schamber...
WOW oh WOW oh WOW... I was gobsmacked.
Sharon allowed us to fondle her gorgeous works,
as well as get up close and personal
with the quilts and see her amazing stitches.
She was such a delight to listen too along
with her husband Gene (hope that's the correct spelling).
I was intrigued at her wonderful stitches,
so so small ( 22 stitches to the inch)
and her techniques are so foreign to me but they obviously work
Below are some Photo's of her amazing award winning quilts....
above hand painted and quilted
Lady in the green dress remade, slightly different to the first
and such an effort, shame about the first quilt.
Check out the quilt behind Sharon above
Here it is close up...amazing...black stitching on white.
Knotted piping to hold it together...fabulous work
Me next to it
K for Khristina... thinking of you.
Amanda's hand close up to see the intricacy...
I just love circles and this was similar to my Blush quilt pattern...
different technique but same effect
amazing quilting on it...
What did I glean for Sharon's advice and chat.
1. Take as much care with each item as required to make you satisfied.
2 Explore other mediums with each new project.
eg: silk threads, beads and piping.
3. Every persons project is a work of art to them.
Appreciate it with them even if I don't like the design or color!
They love it and are so very proud of their work.
4. Go to as many trunk shows and classes
as I can to learn new techniques.
Sharon spoke on many of her gorgeous quilts
and the inspiration and technique of each,
It was a wonderful way to spend my Birthday evening
One thing Sharon said she did when doing needle turn applique
'the Sharon Schamber way' was to use a muslin as the background,
washed once and hung on the line to dry....yep got that!
Then for the applique she used 100% cotton,
washed and dried it in the clothes dryer
and repeated this last step 3 times.
I wondered about WHY???
and on Friday I realised that by doing this
the fabric would definitely shrink
and therefore the count would be higher,
The higher the count the softer and more pliable the fabric.
Don't we all love 12,000 count sheets on our bed to sleep within.
Like sleeping among silk, nice and soft and luxurious.
That's what our fabric will feel like to sew with.
Next time I needle turn applique I am going to try this.
Hope you've liked being part of the trunk show too.
Off to sew as my machine is back and waiting for me to play.
Back tomorrow with some Birthday pressy pictures
also a Giveaway for 800 followers...
Hugs Dawn x x x